Welcome to the 2020- 21 academic year! The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Rathmichael National School are excited to share innovative and creative events this year to help our school community come together and raise funds during these unprecedented times.

Rathmichael Parish National School

How close are we to reaching our €10,000 goal for 2020-21?

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2020- 21 School PTA Representatives:
Nathalie Carroll: Co Chairperson
Kate McCauley: Co Chairperson
Kevin Smith: Treasurer
Dave Caffrey
Peter Harty
Bernard Gaffney
Claire Homan
Sue Melbourne

2020-21 School Class Representatives:
Junior Infants: Kim H and Cara A
Senior Infants: Carrie C and Katrina L
1st Class: Victoria and Claudia
2nd Class: Heidi and Lindsay
3rd Class: Gillian N and Sue M
4th Class: Heather H and Hannah H
5th Class: Michelle H and Jean O’S

6th Class Linda Y and Edwina

Celebrating the summer term at Rathmichael!

To celebrate the summer academic term, Rathmichael PTA will host a series of luau disco parties for each class on the 4th of June. Parties will be held outside during the school day. There will be dancing, a limbo competition, free food & drink, and lots of fun!Prizes will be given for the best Hawaiian themed costumes, too!

Spring Term Fun!

Get ready for a SPRING CLEAN whilst also helping Rathmichael PTA’s CASH FOR CLOBBER initiative!

‘Cash for Clobber’ highlights the benefits of sending clothes to developing countries to be re-worn again. Currently 75% of the world’s population depend on second hand clothing. On MAY 14th Rathmichael parents will have the opportunity to drive through the one- way system to drop off donated bags of clean clothing from 9-11am. As well as helping to send re-usable clothing to those in need, for every kilo of clothes Rathmichael will get 40c. This is a great opportunity to donate to a worthy cause and help Rathmichael get some CASH for your CLOBBER at the same time!

May 2021: ‘CASH FOR CLOBBER’ UPDATE: Thanks to the generosity of Rathmichael parents were were able to collect 2100 kilos of clothing to be re-used and worn again, bringing over €800 to the school!!

We are so excited to showcase our new sensory pod that was purchased with funds from the Rathmichael PTA! The pod will be a great help to our students who have sensory needs or those who are challenged by anxiety, ADHD or are on the autistic spectrum.

Socially distant lessons returned to Rathmichael National School in March 2021. Children celebrated Daffodil Day by wearing yellow and bringing in €3 towards cancer research. In total €735 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society.

Classes were held virtually during the start of the spring academic term. However, faculty kept spirits up by continuing our annual Pancake Day festivities!

Winter Art Exhibition

Due to government restrictions, Rathmichael hosted our annual Winter Art Exhibition outside this year. Parents were able to view student work that was completed during class time and a video of the art work was also sent to families. Funds that were raised from the event went towards the Dublin zoo fundraiser initiative.

December 2020 Festive Events

This December, as well as selling student designed Christmas cards the Rathmichael PTA are hosting a Dublin zoo fundraiser initiative. Due to the global pandemic, Dublin zoo is facing huge financial difficulties. Rathmichael children hope to raise €400 in order to sponsor one animal per class. For every donation made, parents will be entered into a raffle to win a Christmas hamper, to be awarded on December the 21st.

Rathmichael children can wear Christmas jumpers to school for €3 on December the 22nd with all funds going the LauraLynn children’s hospice.

Thank you to Rathmichael parent Shirley Coulter who has overseen the sale of the 2020 Christmas decorations! Decorations are €8.50 and all profits will go to the Rathmichael PTA. To order, please email the school with your name, number of decorations and your eldest child’s class. Payments can be made to the PTA account with your family name and ‘Decoration’ as a reference.

November Fundraising Initiatives

Support Laura’s run challenge!
On Nov 14th Rathmichael mother, Laura, will be running 21k in only 2hr 10min! All the funds raised will be going to Rathmichael NS. To support her towards this amazing goal please donate to the Rathmichael PTA school account with ref: Run21K

We are excited to announce that two Rathmichael parents,
Kim Hannigan (Camisassa) and Karen Rigney,
ran a marathon together over the month of October to raise much needed school funds. Donations towards their efforts would still be greatly appreciated. Please use reference ‘MaraKK’ when donating to the PTA school account.

Autumn 2020 Halloween Activities:

Check out some of the creative and creepy pumpkins that were brought into school by Rathmichael students for our Pumpkin Carving Competition!

The Rathmichael PTA kicked off the month of October with their

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition

Children brought in their pre- carved pumpkins to school from October 19th with their child’s name and class clearly labelled. On Friday prizes went out to the best pumpkin per class and all pumpkins were displayed in the school grounds. There were some very spooky creations!

Class representative Zoom ‘Meet and Greet’:
Thursday, October 8th at 7:30pm

Summer Term 2019- 20 : Marathon in a Month Initiative

How many kilometers have we run?